Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Nationals

The Tigers sat Miguel Cabrera out of their starting lineup Wednesday as he recuperated from the left abdominal strain he aggravated Tuesday night.

Cabrera told Wednesday morning that he was feeling better than he did Tuesday night, when he had to leave the game against the Nationals in the eighth inning. By sitting him ahead of Thursday’s scheduled off-day, however, the Tigers give him two days of rest to get him ready for their divisional clash with the White Sox beginning Friday night at Comerica Park.

Cabrera has been dealing with aches and pains for about a month, from a left hip flexor and sore back to the abdominal. The injuries seemingly cooled Cabrera a bit from the torrid pace of the season’s first three months.

The abdominal strain is something that shouldn’t keep Cabrera off the field long-term, but might force him to miss a day here and there when he aggravates it. Moving side to side shouldn’t be a problem, but charging in and running at full speed — as he did on Chad Tracy’s infield grounder Tuesday — could.

“It’s the type of thing that’s something he’s going to feel, and as long as he’s able to work through that, he’s OK,” Rand said. “If he can’t, he’ll take a breather.”

Assuming Cabrera doesn’t pinch-hit Wednesday, he’ll finish July batting .288 for the month with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. He continues to lead the Majors with a .359 average on the season, while his 99 RBIs had him tied with Baltimore’s Chris Davis. Cabrera’s 32 home runs rank second behind Davis.

In all three categories, Cabrera is actually topping his pace from his Triple Crown numbers last year. Whether he can keep on that pace at less than full strength will be a saga to follow over the final two months of the season.

Ramon Santiago, who moved over from second base to replace Cabrera at third Tuesday night, started in his place Wednesday against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Jose Iglesias, acquired late Tuesday night in a three-way trade from Boston for Avisail Garcia and Brayan Villarreal, has shown he can play third well. His availability there, however, depends on Jhonny Peralta’s status once Major League Baseball completes its Biogenesis investigation.

TIGERS (career numbers vs. Gio Gonzalez)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (0-for-6, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-13, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  3. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF (1-1, HR)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (3-for-8, walk)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-26, HR, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (8-for-27, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  7. Hernan Perez, 2B
  8. Ramon Santiago, 3B (1-for-2)
  9. Alex Avila, C

P: Justin Verlander

NATIONALS (career numbers off Verlander)

  1. Denard Span, CF (15-for-42, 3 K’s)
  2. Bryce Harper, RF
  3. Ryan Zimmerman, DH (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  4. Jayson Werth, RF
  5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  6. Ian Desmond, SS (0-for-2, K)
  7. Anthony Rendon, 2B
  8. Kurt Suzuki, C (6-for-23, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

P: Gio Gonzalez


Do I have my answer on JV….walk and a single a wild pitch and no outs….

Can’t throw strikes.

Well I guess he did good to get out of that inning without too much damage. Wild pitch cost him. ……
“You don’t know [Fielder] is hurt. We don’t know until two weeks after. He’s out there every day. And it’s funny. Two weeks later, we’ll be like, ‘Oh my God. He actually played through that?’ He plays every day, so you don’t think he has something.” -Cabby

Boy I hope Gonzales didn’t get too exhausted by throwing those 7 pitches there in the 1st……..#way to work a count.

Got the curve working now. That might hold ’em for awhile.

From your mouth to the baseball gods ears


Nice Ramon

hey wasn’t this guy on the same list as Peralta? Why isn’t he suspended and Peralta is?

First whoo hoo Alex.
now regarding Gio I’ve heard its been shown they weren’t anything illegal. And something about his Dad?

but do you see how there is a magical “line” drawn where apparently Jhonny = bad, Gio = good? This line is ambiguous as of now I look forward to it becoming clear!

Yep I do ……..the fact of the matter is if my career depended on it I wouldn’t take a thing including an aspirin unless I was told it was ok. There is no excuse with what they have at their disposal.

alex IS BACK! Smashed that on a LEFTY (only 3 given up to lefties this year)! batspeed is BACK!!!

Torii Hunter lookin’ like Gary Sheffield out there!!!

Prince is now the rally killer. ugh.

Yes but that pitch wasn’t a strike.

Ramon puts in a full day’s work with each AB. Big part of that inning.

I always root for him

Ok this ump is pissing me off.

Just this ump? 😉

Ya I know…..I think this one hasnt done either pitcher any favors. I thought ball 4 to Avila looked pretty good.

Rich …..what’s your take on how Gio apparently is going to come out of this Biogenesis deal unscathed?

I’m not following it that closely. Not enough details to suit me.

Oh I thought you might have the scuttlebutt. …from a local perspective.

Too much of my brain still lives in Michigan.

Watch this Ohlendorf coming in and you’ll see a windup straight out of the 1950s.

This is how it’s gone for the Nationals all year. They’re paying back every bit of mojo magic from last year. I hardly watch them anymore unless my wife is home. She sticks with them but I just see a doomed ballclub.

Will this group ever recover from the 9th inning of Game 5? Do you think they will do a bit of tear down in the offseason? Or will they just chalk this year up as one of those years?

My opinion is that their talent level lies in the middle of last year’s and this year’s results. I was at that game five and had been feeling the game slip away for five innings.
I’m not too happy with Nationals upper management.

Im shocked….I seriously thought we’d be doomed this series.

Boy this game is just short of 2 hours old and we are only in the 5th

Jeez five walks…lost the strike zone again

Well…..Braun said he was innocent too? And jut because he tested clean two days later doesn’t mean he wasn’t doing something earlier. They were talking on MLB channel that the testosterone these guys are taking moves fast you can take it one day and there is no evidence of it in your system 2 days later. So if your not tested at the right time you won’t get caught. Jhonny is one of the last on our team that I thought would do something like this and it appears that he did.

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